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Steve Greer
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I think I started down the path into the wine world with my first job, at 16, bussing tables in a Chinese restaurant. Blue Nun Riesling was the big seller (this in 1985, so don't laugh). While the Blue Nun Riesling was not an "epiphany" wine, I drank a lot of it. It was a magnum of Robert Sinskey Claret that I shared with friends while watching the 1994 World Cup that got me started reading about wine (Brazil won). My first "wow" wine was that same year, when a customer gave me a glass of 1982 Haut Brion. It was amazing. Next I found pinot noir, specifically a 1994 Whitcraft Bien Nacido, and I was hooked. I knew I wanted to sell wine so I moved from restaurants to wholesale wine sales, working for Metamora in Ohio and Kentucky. But after continued consolidation of distributors and the realization, that in wholesale you wear blinders, tasting only the wines you sell, I knew I wanted to move to the retail side. I would like to say I moved from Cincinnati just for K&L but I left the "Red" state for Los Angeles (a Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals fan in San Francisco just would not do) and I was very lucky to find the K&L store in Hollywood. The rest is history.


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Talisker 10 year old Isle of Skye Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-24-2014
I am guilty of chasing the golden goose and forgetting about the standards or classics within a certain category be it wine, whiskey, beer etc. I was reminded of this when we went through a line-up of Scotch whiskey and I tried the Talisker 10. This is the balanced side of peated whiskey with pure sea-side air, creosote and just a hint of iodine balanced by the sweet malt. The finish is beautiful with saline and spice and only $50! A standard for everyone's bar.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart WA 90 BC 0

Guillaumette L'Authentique Génépi 375ml
Review Date: 1-23-2014
This is a wonderful addition to any bar and a perfect addition for Manhattans. Rosemary, thyme and jasmine with an oily texture a touch of sweetness and a mint finish.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Cherry Heering Liqueur 48 Proof 750ml
Review Date: 1-23-2014
The bottle itself looks like something that has been sitting on a back bar of a restaurant for 10 years... untouched! But it is easy to fall in love with this drink that has been produced since 1818. Dr. Pepper, ginger, Xmas cake spice and cherry pie! The most well known drink is Singapore Slings.
Price: $26.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Braulio Amaro Alpino
Review Date: 1-23-2014
Well I loved this! Averna owns this brand but it's nothing like Averna. Very bitter, with more Chinese herbs and dried berries--and a floral note. The best part is that the overt bitterness is tamed by a bit more sweetness...
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao 750ml
Review Date: 1-23-2014
This is a drier version of Grand Mariner. Tastes like orange marmalade and fresh oranges with dry finish. Excellent!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

1993 Domaine du Miquer K&L Exclusive Bas Armagnac 750ml
Review Date: 1-23-2014
Even at $120 I would say this is a steal. There is so much going on in this refined Bas Armagnac with anise, musky heady floral, toffee, cedar and this long finish with an almost sea salt toffee. This is insanely good.
Price: $115.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Tequila Fortaleza Blanco Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 1-23-2014
The Forteleza line-up is fantastic but the Bianco shows the purity of the spirit with tons of depth. Vegetative, roasted herbs, spice, orange peel and coriander shows this is a sipper to be enjoy.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Viejo Tonel Italia Pisco de Peru 750ml
Review Date: 1-23-2014
This is pisco aromatico made from the italia grape and is very aromatic with floral and spice and high-toned tropical fruit. I think it is best on its own maybe before dinner.
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1991 Cambus 21 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Grain Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-23-2014
I am surprised this 21-year-old single barrel and single grain whiskey from the defunct Cambus distillery is still in stock. This whiskey is very elegant with layered flavors of vanilla, spices and a savory finish. I have learned that the more bottles of whiskey I have on the bar the longer each one lasts and this is a must have.
Price: $109.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 12-12-2013
Mint and cocoa, with cassis and spice on the palate and finish.

2010 Lynch-Bages, Pauillac
Review Date: 12-12-2013
Tight and tannic with rich blackberry fruit. Long spice and black fruit on the finish.

2009 Pauillac de Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 8-20-2013
This was a late addition to the tasting so we could try the third label of Chateau Latour against the 2010 Les Forts de Latour. The nose showed a slight funk at first sweet tobacco, iron, meat and graphite which gave way to plum and blackberries with a softer rounder mouth feel than its bigger brother. Everything you would expect in the Latour but fleshier and softer and drinking right now.

1997 Haut-Bergey, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 3-8-2013
Another steal from the so-called "off-vintage" of 1997. This wine is for consumption now. Sweet tobacco, spice and dried cherry on the nose. Amazingly bright palate with nice acidity dried cherries, earthy spices and just a touch of tartness on the finish.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2009 Reserve de la Comtesse Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 2-5-2013
2/1/13 I think it would be difficult to find a better Bordeaux for $50 than this. It’s starting to tighten up right now, but with air it expresses graphite, spice and bright red fruit on the nose, followed by a more restrained mid-palate of red and black fruit. There’s more graphite, mineral and tons of spice on the finish, along with astringent tannins and bright acidity that turns the fruit tart. Time in the cellar and the lush palate will return. 10/24/12....This was the overwhelming favorite of the tasting. The nose is layered, showing lovely graphite, chocolate, bright red plum and cherry fruit. The palate is soft and lush, with plenty of underlying spices and minerality to complement the rich plum. The acidity braces up the rich fruit on the finish, which goes on and on.

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Tank 7" Farmhouse Ale, Missouri 750ml
Review Date: 1-8-2013
This is a maltier Farmhouse ale with plenty of citrus aromas and a nice, spicy, clean, crisp palate.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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